Four-year-old Maleah Davis has been missing for nearly three weeks and Derion Vence, her stepfather, is the sole “person of interest.” However, there were questions surrounding Maleah’s mother, Brittany Bowens, the latest of which stem from her social media habits. In particular, Bowens was slammed for keeping photos of Vence on her Instagram.
There were photos and even a video of Vence next to Bowens’ five Instagram posts about Maleah, according to Fox 26. Users were outraged and left comments saying so. “You might want to delete Derion’s pictures off here, don’t you think?” on person wrote. “Please tell me why a man involved with the disappearance of Maleah won’t be deleted off your page,” another said.
Bowens actually responded with, “No not yet until I find out.”
Her Instagram appears to now be deleted or private.
Although has said she was “not sure” if there was abuse in her home, Texas Child Protective Services reportedly removed Maleah from Bowens’ home last year “due to allegations of physical abuse” that “required several surgeries,” ABC reporter Shelley Childers tweeted earlier this month.
There has been speculation that Bowens may have something to do with her daughter’s disappearance. Vence’s father recently pointed fingers at Bowens and claimed his son was being set up.
Vence originally told Sgt. Mark Holbrook of the Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division that he, Maleah and his two-year-old son were on their way to George Bush Intercontinental Airport Friday night to pick up Maleah’s mother, who was flying in from Massachusetts. Vence said he heard a “popping noise” and pulled over. He said a blue pickup truck pulled up behind his vehicle and two Hispanic males got out and hit him in the head. He said he lost consciousness and woke up at 6 p.m. the next day. He said Maleah was missing but his son was still there. Vence claimed he then walked to a hospital, received treatment and then reported Maleah as missing.
The Associated Press reported that Houston authorities said Vence’s account has “changed several times.”
Maleah was reportedly last seen wearing a pink bow in her hair with a light blue zip-up jacket, blue jeans and gray, white and pink sneakers. She has black hair and brown eyes and stands 3 feet tall, weighing 30 to 40 pounds.